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The Red Cross is calling for all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate soon to help prevent a shortage.

During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood — the need is constant.

An upcoming blood drive at Alameda Hospital is an impactful way people can give back and share their health with patients in need. The event takes place Friday, Aug. 15, noon to 6 p.m., at Alameda Hospital, 2070 Clinton Ave. Blood drives in neighboring Oakland are scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Paramount Export Company, 175 Filbert St., Suite 201; Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oakland State Building, 1515 Clay St.; and Saturday, Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline St.

To make an appointment to donate blood at these and other drives around the East Bay, and more, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Sara O'Brien, External Communications Manager, Red Cross


Thought your readers may want to know, after 37 years John and Linda Costello, owners of McGee’s Bar & Grill, are retiring and selling the business to long-time manager Tim Goodman. The deal was made on a handshake more than 20 years ago when Tim first went to work for John. Tim takes over this Friday.

I feel there are so many things to be written about here, but one in particular is the fact that John honored his word to sell Tim the business. This is nice to hear today given there is so much lack of honorability and integrity.

William Wong


I believe that a promise is a promise and should be kept. I think when you sign a written agreement, you are legally and morally bound by that agreement. When a broken promise or agreement involves thousands of residents in a community that would be adversely affected, in many different ways, it’s a thousand times more serious.

When you persist and fight against opposition for the right to break your agreement, it’s beyond the pale.

The Harbor Bay Club should stay right where it is, and preferably under new ownership. The current owner, I’m guessing, never planned to keep it, or his promise, which would explain the deferred maintenance.

It’s an easy fix for a beautiful health club that is oh, so perfectly located — as promised — in the middle of a neighborhood full of happy members.

I think if our city government is in proper working order, the owner will be held to the agreement and promise made and Alameda’s citizenry well and truly served. Thank you.

Jan Walton